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12.05.2016

Malaya Organics: Love Yourself
And The Skin You're In
(And A Holiday Giveaway!)

For Katya Slepak, the motivation behind her holistic skincare line Malaya Organics is a deeply personal one, having struggled with cystic acne from her teen years into adulthood. It led her on an exploratory journey with specialists and healers who taught her that healing began from the inside out, from diet to yoga, education to meditation, and most importantly that how you care for yourself has a direct relationship with how joyous your experience of life is.
Armed with nearly as a decade of experience in the cosmetics industry in retail, training and as director of development,  Katya decided to create her own products for her problematic skin and delved into studying product formulation, natural perfumery, herbalism and aromatherapy and found her calling in life. After years of developing for family and friends, she finally decided to brand her creations, and Malaya Organics was born. The name Malaya translates to 'little' or 'young' in Katya's native Russian and holds the duo meaning of 'a sandalwood forest' and 'a garland of flowers' in Sanskrit.

[Credit: For The Makers]
I first met Katya at the inaugural Indie Beauty Expo in the spring of 2015, where she greeted me with the warmth and enthusiasm usually reserved for long-lost friends. I would later discover after spending more time with her that she was, and still is, the perfect combination of hustle and heart, and her brand's growing success is truly well-deserved. Her passion and commitment to building Malaya is remarkable, and behind her stands her husband Oleg who is also her partner and operations manager and their team of hardworking staff.
She recently went through a rebranding and sent me a box filled with her incredible products that are all handcrafted in small batches in their Brooklyn studio. I'm so excited to introduce them and share my thoughts with you!
Rejuvenating Face Serum ($95.00 for 25 ml)

The Rejuvenating Face Serum is Katya's masterpiece, a lightweight yet deeply nourishing potion containing 26 active botanical ingredients that she spent three years perfecting the formula for. This multi-corrective blend will help with fine lines, acne scars, skin texture and after-sun soothing, and the star ingredients is the anti-inflammatory Siberian Cedar Nut Oil, rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids to help protect your skin from toxins in the environmental and restore elasticity and improve skin tone. 

The packaging is absolutely darling and oh-so-clever- all you have to is 'click' the pump dropper for the perfect amount of serum to use on your face, and make sure you breathe in deep to enjoy the subtle aroma of gardenia and jasmine with a hint of nuttiness. The non-greasy formula is quickly absorbed into my skin and after using this consistently for more than 2 weeks, I haven't experienced any of my usual dry skin in winter and my husband commented that my skin feels extra soft.   

Ingredients: Jojoba Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Camellia Oil*, Sunflower Oil*, Meadowfoam Oil*, Argan Oil*, Siberian Pine Nut Oil^, Rosehip Oil*, Borage Oil*, Avocado Oil*, Pumpkin Seed Oil*, Herbal extracts - [Elder Flower*, Marshmallow Root*, Burdock Root*, Plantain Leaf*, Rose Petals*, Calendula Flower*, Chamomile Flower*, Yarrow Leaf and Flower*, Lavender Flower*], Proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes*^ including - Gardenia Absolute^, Bulgarian Rose Oil*, Jasmine Absolute*^, Neroli Oil*, Seabuckthorn Oil*, Sandalwood Oil*, Rosewood Oil^, Mixed Tocopherols (vitamin E – GMO Free)
* Certified Organic ^ Wildcrafted 

Calming Botanical Bath ($32.00 for 1.5 oz)
There is nothing more enjoyable in the winter months than lying in a warm bathtub, and the Calming Botanical Bath is formulated to perfect your bath ritual. Made up of a gorgeous blend of flowers like rose petals to calm sensitive and dry skin and hops flowers, passion flowers and skullcap to relieve stress, this will allow your flower bath fantasies to come to life. 
You can add a generous handful of flowers directly to the bath water and watch them unfold and bloom if you want a more visual experience (although the clean up afterwards may not be as fun). You can also fill the cotton pouch included with flowers and hang it under the faucet so the water can run through it, and then leave it floating in the water. Either way, this is a wonderful treat for both your body and mind.
Ingredients: Chamomile Flower*, Lavender Flower*, Calendula Flower*, Rose Petals*, Hops Flower*, Sunflower Petals*, Passionflower*, Skullcap*
* Certified Organic
I've saved the best for last, because this is the product that first made me fall in love with Malaya. The Moisturizing Body Oil is the perfect follow-up product to the Botanical Bath, described as a blend that will nourish and rejuvenate skin into glowing health and sublime softness. I love massaging this into my damp skin right after I step out of the shower, and the oil penetrates into my skin to hydrate and revitalize it without leaving a telltale sheen and I don't have to worry about the product transferring to my clothes.

Woods is an earthy, intoxicating aroma that is reminiscent of a walk through the woods on a crisp autumn day, and it includes Vetiver, Bergamot, Sandalwood and Bulgarian Rose, while Citrus & Bloom lends a more feminine appeal with uplifting citrus notes of Grapeful and Neroli paired with floral Rose and Jasmine. I'm on my second bottle of Woods and I am obsessed with the musky, unisex scent. I fully agree with Katie that the scents should be made into roll-ons, because I would wear either ones as perfume!

Ingredients for Woods: Jojoba Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Sunflower Oil*, Safflower Oil*, Argan Oil*, Avocado Oil*, Rosehips Oil*, Herbal extracts – [Arnica Flower*, Plantain Leaf*, Calendula Flower*, Chamomile Flower*, Yarrow Leaf and Flower*, Lavender Flower*, Elder Flower*], Proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes *^ including - Bergamot Oil*+, Bulgarian Rose Oil*, Sandalwood Oil*, Vetiver Oil*, Patchouli Oil*, Vitamin E Tocopherols (GMO Free)
* Certified Organic ^ Wildcrafted

Ingredients for Citrus & Bloom: Jojoba Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Sunflower Oil*, Safflower Oil*, Argan Oil*, Avocado Oil*, Rosehips Oil*, Herbal extracts – [Arnica Flower*, Plantain Leaf*, Calendula Flower*, Chamomile Flower*, Yarrow Leaf and Flower*, Lavender Flower*, Elder Flower*], Proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes *^ including - Bulgarian Rose Absolute*, Neroli Oil*, Jasmine Absolute*, Grapefruit Oil*, Vitamin E Tocopherols (GMO Free)
* Certified Organic ^ Wildcrafted

Hohoho - I'm playing Santa and giving away my favorite Moisturizing Body Oil in Woods on Instagram, so hop onto my profile to find out how you can win one for yourself!

*   The products in this post was kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

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